Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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Looming 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Oaxaca Valley, Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban is the most majestic of the state’s ancient ruins. Translated as the “White Mountain,” the vast pre-Colombian archaeological site shows evidence of a network of dams, canals, pyramids and artificial moulds carved out of the mountain by the Zapotec people from as early as 500 BC. Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years, many of the ancient remnants are considered symbols of a sacred topography, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Tread ancient paths past altars, pyramids and 170 known tombs, then wind your way to the great plaza for spectacular 360 degree views of the valleys below. You can plan Oaxaca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • I love ruins- I love to image the life that was lived by the inhabitants so long ago. We had hired a guide who made the experience come to life. One of the high lights of this area. 
    I love ruins- I love to image the life that was lived by the inhabitants so long ago. We had hired a guide who made the experience come to life. One of the high lights of this area.  more »
  • 10 minutes from centre. Taxi cost us 150 pesos to get there. I takes about 2 hours to see the site. We got there at 10 o’clock and anly few people there,however as we were leaving large groups of... 
    10 minutes from centre. Taxi cost us 150 pesos to get there. I takes about 2 hours to see the site. We got there at 10 o’clock and anly few people there,however as we were leaving large groups of...  more »
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  • Spectacular historical site. The interpretive signs were helpful and provide a better idea of the timeline of the location. I do wonder how Mexico being such a Catholic nation effects the discussion of an ancient culture. The repeated reference to period 2 (100BC to 300AD) and then nothing earlier was consistent enough that it seemed like a glaring omission. Didn't particularly effect the experience, but makes me question some of the presented timeline.
  • Cool place, with cool views. Costs 130 peso (80+50 if you want to take photos). Not very crowded. It's like a premium park with old pyramids around. In my opinion it lacks detailed descriptions (at least there are english subtitles) - if somebody is interested, it's probably a good idea to hire a guide, and I think it also lacks "vibe" - don't quote me. If you want to take fancy photos - it's amazing.

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